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Falls from Height: A Guide to Rescue Planning

ISBN: 978-1-118-64039-5
376 pages
May 2013
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Enables workplace responders to prepare for and respond to falls from height

How do you rescue someone suspended in midair or trapped above ground? Author Loui McCurley, an expert in technical rope rescue with more than twenty-five years of experience, has the answers. Following her tested and proven advice, readers will learn how to prepare for and safely rescue "at-height" workers and others from "falls from height." The book fully bridges the gap between planning and execution, steering readers toward simple workplace-specific solutions. Moreover, it explains how to develop and implement a comprehensive protection program, enabling all organizations and their employees to fully prepare themselves to respond to a fall from height.

Falls from Height is divided into four parts:

  • Part I: Regulatory Considerations, Rescue Plans, and Developing a Rescue Capability underscores the need for a rescue program, explaining how to fully leverage available resources to optimize the program.
  • Part II: Equipment, Systems, and Skills details the skills that all rescuers should have and the equipment they need to perform a rescue at height.
  • Part III: Putting It All Together discusses principles of rigging, single-rescuer methods, and group-rescuer methods.
  • Part IV: Successful Workplace Planning examines the unique challenges of different workplace environments and then offers a step-by-step guide for implementing the book's recommendations.

Based on the premise that a fallen worker must be rescued quickly and efficiently, without putting others in harm's way, Falls from Height is a must for all workplace responders, enabling them to prepare for and respond to fall victims like experienced rescuers.

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD ix

PREFACE xi

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv

PART I REGULATORY CONSIDERATIONS, RESCUE PLANS, AND DEVELOPING A RESCUE CAPABILITY

CHAPTER 1 THE REASON FOR RESCUE 3

CHAPTER 2 DEVELOPING A POST-FALL RESCUE PLAN 33

CHAPTER 3 PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND INCIDENT MANAGEMENT 59

PART II EQUIPMENT, SYSTEMS, AND SKILLS

CHAPTER 4 EQUIPMENT FOR CO-WORKER RESPONDERS 81

CHAPTER 5 RESCUE EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMS 107

CHAPTER 6 PERSONAL SKILLS FOR RESCUERS 143

PART III PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

CHAPTER 7 PRINCIPLES OF RIGGING 187

CHAPTER 8 SINGLE RESCUER TECHNIQUES 229

CHAPTER 9 GROUP RESCUE METHODS 263

PART IV SUCCESSFUL WORKPLACE PLANNING

CHAPTER 10 INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS 295

CHAPTER 11 PRACTICAL WORKPLACE APPLICATION: YOUR STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO DEVELOPING A CO-WORKER ASSISTED RESCUE PLAN 327

INDEX 351

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Author Information

LOUI McCURLEY is Vice President of Pigeon Mountain Industries and Vertical Rescue Solutions and is an experienced rescue professional and certified rope access technician. A rescuer, instructor, conference speaker, and contributor to such publications as Occupational Health & Safety, High Angle Rescue Techniques, and Wilderness Medicine, Ms. McCurley is dedicated to bringing at-height safety to industry. In addition to serving as President and Regulatory Assistance Chairman for the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians, Ms. McCurley is actively involved in standards development for ANSI, ASTM, NFPA, and other organizations.

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